Yoakum Photo MRM 14a
Ray, Gertrude and 2 sons, 1948
|On the road two days after Christmas in
1944, Ray and Gertrude moved out to California. Gertrude's family was living in Victor and
they knew of a job for Ray working as a carpenter near Stockton.
In those days, winter travelers came out west via historic Route 66. It was a southern route that skirted the Sierras - in California, Route 66 traverses 320 miles from Needles to Santa Monica. For 214 of those miles, from Needles to Cajon Summit, you are traveling through the Mojave Desert.
Ron was about 6 years old when the Yoakums moved. He writes the family came out in a 1933 Plymouth with Ray at the wheel pulling a trailer on mostly used tires - seems like they changed tires every 500 miles. He remembers coming through the desert, the stifling heat, and how they were charged for water in Needles.
|Monda Rose Mary Yoakum was Ray and Gertrude's oldest child
and only daughter.She was born in Missouri and was 16 years old when the family moved
west. She recalls finnishing the school year at Lodi High and graduating in June the
following year, 1946.
Monda Rose Mary Yoakum married James 'Buck' Wyrick on Wednesday, July 10, 1946.
Yoakum Photo MRM 31a
Wyrick's 1948. Randy, Buck, Monda and Jamie
at Monda's parents house, Victor, CA.
Yoakum Photo MRM 15a
Ray, Gertrude and Wayne in the backyard in Acampo, California ca 1949
Yoakum Photo MRM 12a
Toby, Ron, Bill and Jamie Wyrick-Rodriguez ca.1949
Rev 2b: 3 July 1999 : rdk
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